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Chris Jordan: Picturing excess Artist Chris Jordan shows us an arresting view of what Western culture looks like. His supersized images picture some almost unimaginable statistics -- like the astonishing number of paper cups we use every single day.

2008-02

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When in difficulty, human cultures, however elevated, are predisposed to default to institutions (or classes) which in turn are predisposed to default to tribes, which in turn so easily default to cliques, which in turn default to single leaders. The last are the equivalent of daddies of the original family-sized groups in which we and our predecessors lived, and in which our genes have been shaped, for millions of years. The default tends...

2011-06-21

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Ant colonies - one of nature's most ancient and efficient societies - are able to form a "collective memory" of their enemies...

2012-02-20

 ant scent smell colony society collective memory pheromone
The work suggests that status drives immune health, rather than vice-versa.

2012-04-10

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